Wednesday, June 20, 2018

The Mercy Cup and St Bede's Interschool Tournaments

On Tuesday, our Basketball, Hockey, Rugby, Football and Netball teams represented SKC at The Mercy Cup Tournament and The St Bede's Interschool Tournament.

Check out some of the days photos here.

Training with the best

Congratulations to Ben McCarthy and Tupou Fifita who have been selected to take part in the Highlanders Schools Training Camp. Ben will be attending the Under 18s camp, while Tupou will attend the Under 17s. The week-long training camp is held in Dunedin in the first week of the school holidays, and attendees will receive coaching from specialist coaches and play modified games. Such an awesome opportunity!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Goodbye, Mr Lee!

This week we farewell our Mandarin teacher, Mr Leon Lee. Mr Lee is off to Singapore where he will be studying a Masters degree in Supply Chain & Logistics at Nanyang Technological University. A gifted cellist, Mr Lee recently treated us to a beautiful rendition of You Raise Me Up at Mass. We wish him all the best for his studies!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dunedin Intercollegiate Championships

The trap shooting team have had a great start to their season at the Dunedin Intercollegiate Championships on June 17. The team, Corbyn Hocken, Ryan Kennedy, Joel Klenner, Clark Ewing, Jack Murphy and first-time shooter Hunter Reading, won the all-round teams event for the day, scoring 279 points out of a possible 300.

Corbyn Hocken placed 3rd in the Senior Skeet. Joel Klenner took out first for the Seniors in Single Rise, while Clark Ewing came in 2nd of the Juniors. The Points Score went to Corbyn Hocken for the Seniors and to Clark Ewing, who came 2nd for the Juniors. Corbyn also placed 3rd for the Senior Single Barrel. Well done team!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Hostel Happenings

Redevelopment of the Hostel
There have been a number of delays with the redevelopment of the Girls hostel onto the school site. This process has taken some time and we have now been provided with a timeline for developments. We plan to call for tenders early next month and then get the necessary consents into the council. Further information on progress will be publicised when they occur.

Junior Boys Paintball trip
Last Sunday the Year 10 boys enjoyed a trip to Christchurch where they went paint balling. A huge thank you to Julie Dyson for organising the trip and taking the boys up there. All of the boys really enjoyed it.

Last Sunday some of the girls participated in some badminton games in the gym before lunch.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

SKC speechmakers a roaring success

Four SKC students competed in The Lions Club New Zealand Young Speechmaker Contest on Sunday at Fenwick School. Everyone performed exceptionally. Rhea Ratgali took out first place in the Year 9 & 10 category for her speech about Variety NZ, while Joel Kunnethedan took out second in the Year 11 & 12 with a speech about Words of Power. Good work team!


Ella Cochrane, Rhea Ratgali, Vince Vidallon & Joel Kunnethedan received their awards at The Lions Club Young Speechmakers Contest 

Zonta Young Women in Public Affairs Award

Applications for The Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs scholarship are now open. The award recognises young women aged 16 to 19, who display superior leadership skills through their commitment to public service and civic causes. Ten International scholarships of US$4000 are awarded each year, along with district/region scholarships of US$1000 and the Zonta Club of Oamaru scholarship of NZ$1000. Applications must be received by the Zonta Club of Oamaru by 31, August, 2018.

Click here for more information or to apply

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Senior Art Trip

On Friday, the Senior Art students spent the day in Dunedin being inspired.

Photography students visited the Dunedin School of Art with Mrs Plunkett and Ms Keep. They spent an hour or so in a studio experimenting with different lighting with technician Thomas Lord before going up to the dark room to create different photograms with Rachel Allan, and learning developing techniques and how the whole process happens.

PICTURED: Socrates Catapang discusses photography with Photography tutor
Rachel Allan at Otago Polytech School of Art.
Painting and Sculpture students spent the day at the Dunedin Art Gallery with Mr and Mrs Dixon under the care of Gallery educator John Neumegen. They toured in the morning before a session in the Gallery classroom in the afternoon. They finished the day by joining the photography students at Art School for a whistle stop tour of the facilities.

PICTURED: Year 12 and 13 Painting and Sculpture students on a guided tour of the
Dunedin Public Art Gallery with John Neumegen.

PICTURED: Year 12 and 13 Painting and Sculpture students after a painting session with
John Neumegen from the  Dunedin Public Art Gallery.

Art work by Noah Martin

Art work by Samantha Jorgenson
Thanks to Marion Wassenaar (Art School) and John (Gallery) for facilitating the visit.

Click the links below for to check out more of the students art work.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Aoraki Cross Country

The Aoraki Cross Country went ahead on Friday, June 8 in Timaru - despite being postponed the day before due to the weather! It was a glorious day, with SKC students placing well across the board. Hamish Coutts and Liam Prouting-Gardener placed 3rd & 6th respectively for the Junior Boys, while River Cunningham placed 4th and Christiane McLeod placed 13th for the Junior Girls. Duran Cooper placed 8th for the Intermediate Boys and Penny Keeling placed 6th for the Intermediate Girls. For the Senior Boys, Timothy Jorgenson placed 6th, and Amy Coutts came in 3rd for the Senior Girls. Well done to all!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Paper Bricks a Hit.

Daniel Ruddle and Broady Taylor with the recycled waste paper bricks.

The SKC Young Enterprise team has returned from a Dragon's Den-type competition victorious.
The team of Year 13 boys, Daniel Ruddle, Broady Taylor, Cameron Dodd and Liam Elliott, travelled with Mr Tim Hitchcock to Timaru on Thursday to pitch their business idea to a panel of investors.
Earlier in the year, the boys came up with an idea to make fire bricks out of recycled waste from the College. The waste is crushed and, along with two fire starters, molded into bricks. An eco-bundle made from cabbage tree leaves was also constructed.
The team presented the idea to the panel in Timaru, competing against six other teams from Roncalli College and Mountainview High School, and took out first place - a $200 investment towards their business.
A teacher from an opposing team was so keen on the product, he purchased one himself.
The team plan to offer the bricks for sale within school grounds from June 14.
Well done!

Hostel Happenings

Last night, the girls put on some Skits for departing staff member Leis Wouters. Leis has been at the hostel for the last three years as a Supervisor and Assistant Dean of the hostel. Leis has done a fantastic job at the hostel and she will be sorely missed by all the girls and staff.

We wish Leis all the best in her future endeavours and we thank her for all the great work she has done for the Hostel.

Year Level Dinners

So far this year we have had two year level dinners for Years 9 & 10 and their parents' and families at the Castle. These have been great nights and have provided an opportunity for parents and families to get together with each other.

The Year 11 dinner is next Saturday, with the dinners for the Year 12's and 13's are still to come.

Principal's Comment

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

On Thursday, we farewelled Ms Cathy Keep after 9 years' of service to the school. She was honoured with a full-school haka, acknowledging her hard work, commitment and joyful attitude. We wish you all the best for your exciting new position.

PICTURED: The school perform a haka for Ms Cathy Keep

Mrs Nicola Simpson will be taking on her role until a permanent position can be found. Mrs Simpson has a background in Journalism and the Creative & Performing Arts, and we are excited to have her on board. She can be contacted at

Our Mandarin teacher, Mr Leon Lee, treated us to a magical cello performance at Mass on Friday. Mr Lee played You Raise Me Up, accompanied by Mrs Trudy Foster on the piano. It was a truly gifted performance.

Finally, congratulations to the SKC Young Enterprise team, whose recycled paper fire brick won "The Pitch" in Timaru on Thursday. The event is a Dragon's Den-like competition where Young Enterprise teams in Timaru and Oamaru pitch their business ideas to a group of investors. The team, Year 13 students Broady Taylor, Liam Elliot, Daniel Ruddle and Cameron Dodd, competed against 6 other secondary school teams and took out the top prize of $200. Well done boys!

May God bless you all
Paul Olsen, Principal